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Rex Keith WHITE, B.E.M.


 Rex Keith WHITE,   B.E.M. ( C )

New South Wales Police Force

Regd. # 7296

Rank:  ?

Stations:  Hay, Wentworth, Wollongong Traffic Sgt ( at least between 1972 – 1976 ), Albury ( 1979 )

Service:  From  pre 1956 to  ?

Awards:  The Order of the British Empire – Medal ( Civil ) / British Empire Medal (Civil) – granted 18 December 1956 as a NSW Police Officer – Bravery in rescue from drain.

Born:  about 1926

Died on:  5 February 2015


Age: 89

Funeral date:  Thursday  12 February 2015 @ 10.30am

Funeral location:  Chapel, Lester & Son Funeral Directors, 359 Wantigong St, Nth Albury, NSW

Buried at:  Glenmorus Gardens Lawn Cemetery, Union Road, Albury.


   REX is NOT mentioned on the Police Wall of Remembrance * NOT JOB RELATED


Rex Keith WHITE BEM, 89 old, former Regd. No. 7296, an Unattached Veteran Member of the RPA.

Rex passed away on 05/02/2015 and his funeral is proposed to be held at 1030am on Thursday 12th Instant at the Chapel, Lester & Son Funeral Directors, 359 Wantigong Street, NORTH ALBURY.

Rex Keith WHITE

White Family and friends of the late Mr Rex White are invited to attend a celebration of his life which will be held at The Evergreen Chapel, Lester & Son Funeral Home, Cnr Mate and Wantigong Sts, North Albury on Thursday, February 12, 2015 commencing at 10.30am.
At the conclusion of the service, the cortege will leave for the Glenmorus Gardens Lawn Cemetery, Union Road, Albury.
Please place your online tribute at


Published in The Border Mail on Feb. 7, 2015


Saturday, 7 February 2015
Farewell Uncle Rex,
We will miss you. You were a true hero.
Sincere condolences to Gabrielle, Garry, Debbie and their families.
The Patterson family: Olga, Nola, Joy, Alan and families.

The Argus ( Melbourne )
Monday  9 January 1956              page 5 of 16


SYDNEY, Sunday: Poisonous fumes in a sewer yesterday killed a workman and a male nurse who went down the sewer shaft to help him.

The two men were Vittorio Chiaruttini, 40, whose wife and family live in Melbourne, and Edward James Markey, 35, the male nurse.

Chiaruttini, works foreman of a sewerage scheme being installed in Hay, went down the sewer shaft and when he did not reappear his workmate went for help.

Markey, a married man with two children, volunteered to go down the sewer.

When he failed to reappear Police Constable White went down the shaft, and at the second attempt managed to get a rope around the bodies of the two men.|||l-decade=195|||l-year=1956#pstart6571254


The Canberra Times

Monday  9 January 1956                         page 3 of 6

Mysterious Gas Kills Two In Narrow Tunnel

HAY, Sunday.

Two men died yesterday after being overcome by a mysterious gas which filled a narrow tunnel on a new sewerage project at Hay.

They were Victorio Chiaruttuni, 40, foreman, employed by McDonald Construction Co., and Edwin James Markey, 35, a male nurse at Hay Hospital.

Chiaruttuni entered the tunnel on a normal inspection tour and was overcome by the fumes.

Markey heard Chiaruttuni’s cries for help ; and after calling the police, entered the tunnel but was also overcome by the gas.

Constable Rex White, of Hay Police, entered the tunnel with a length of garden hose in his mouth because gas masks were unavailable.

He was semi-conscious and partly paralysed by the gas after rescuing the two men.

The three men were rushed to Hay Hospital, but Chiaruttuni and Markey failed to respond to treatment. Constable White was allowed to leave after treatment.|||l-decade=195|||l-year=1956#pstart16531214


The Argus ( Melbourne )

Thursday  12 July 1956              page 1 of 22


MILDURA, Wednesday: Police today found the body of seven-year-old Peter Philp in the River Murray.

The boy had been missing from Dareton, N.S.W., since last Friday week.

A post-mortem by the Government medical officer from Wentworth, and medical superintendent at Mildura Hospital last night revealed the boy had died by   drowning.

Constables Rex White of Wentworth, and Eric Maurer of Buronga, found Peter’s body snagged against the branch of a submerged tree, about 250 yards from where his clothing was found last Sunday week.

C.I.B. headquarters said last night detectives on the case were satisfied there were no suspicious circumstances. There were no marks of violence on the body.

Peter’s disappearance set off one of the most intensive investigations ever in the area 12 miles from Mildura.

Detectives were puzzled by the fact that Peter vanished at 6.15 p.m. – only 15 minutes before he was due to meet his soldier settler father, Mr. Alf Philp, near the sweet shop the boy had just left.


XIII. Acts of Bravery by Police.
A number of Police distinguished themselves by performing acts of bravery during 1956. Brief particulars are shown
Constable Rex Keith White, has been awarded the British Empire Medal, as well as the Bronze Medal and Certificate of Merit of the Royal Shipwreck Relief and Humane Society in recognition of his bravery on the 7th January, 1956, in descending into an underground sewer main, then under construction at Hay.
In the first place Vittorio Chiaritina, works foremen on the job, had entered the sewer where he had been overcome by some unknown gas and collapsed. Edwin James Markey descended to the sewer in an endeavour to rescue Chiaritina, but was overcome and collapsed. Constable White was advised that the two men had collapsed and he immediately descended into the sewer, but became affected to such an extent that he could barely give the signal to be hauled up. Although practically unconscious, he was again lowered into the sewer with a garden hose in his mouth. He could not get sufficient air by this means, but although badly affected by the gas, was able to fasten a rope round Markey, and both he and Markey were hauled to the surface. A civilian named Graeme Barry Mitchell then descended and tied a rope round Chiaritina, who was brought to the surface. Mr. Mitchell has also been awarded the British Empire Medal, and the Queen’s Commendation for Brave Conduct has been conferred (posthumously) upon Markey.

Special Awards to Police
During 1957 Police were presented with Awards as shown
The British Empire Medal
Constable Rex Keith White.

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